President Clinton's surprise announcement of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and controversy about gay clubs in schools lead the list of top Utah stories in 1996. What will be the top stories of 1997?

Match wits with Deseret News editors in the newspaper's annual Top 10 news stories contest. Winners will share $550 in gift certificates or receive one of the Deseret News' books, "The Jazz: Utah's Dream Team" or "The Great Trek: New Footsteps on the Old Mormon Trail."Enter today by turning to Page B8 for an official ballot or point your Web browser to the Deseret News Web Edition (http://www.desnews.com) to enter on a fully interactive form. Paper copies can be sent by fax or delivered in person to the Deseret News offices. Deadline for entries is Monday, Dec. 29, at 5 p.m. Only one entry is allowed per person.

The top contest winners will be announced in the newspaper on Thursday, Jan. 1.